Move-in is an exciting and potentially overwhelming time, whether you're a first-time student or returning. That’s why we’ve created guides for each semester to help your move go smoothly so you can settle in before the semester begins. Here you'll find checklists, schedules and tips on what to expect from your new roommate and community. For questions about the process, please reach out to the Office of Residence Life (3.1.5 Team Directory – Office of Residence Life). We’re here to help 

What should I bring? 

Bed and Bath 

  • Bath Towels/Washcloths   
  • Bedding (Twin XL sheets, blanket, pillow, and pillowcase) 
  • Decorations  
  • Lamp (non-halogen)   
  • Personal Hygiene Supplies   
  • Shower Caddy  
  • Shower Shoes   
  • Trash Can and Liners 

Laundry 

  • Laundry Basket  
  • Laundry Detergent (HE only, no washer sheets)  
  • Iron and Ironing Board  
  • Hangers 

Kitchen 

  • Can Opener 
  • Crock pot (one per room) 
  • Dishware/Silverware  
  • Snack Food 

Appliances/Electronics 

  • Alarm Clock  
  • Calculator   
  • Computer   
  • Ethernet Cord  
  • Jump Drive/Memory Stick   
  • Microwave (max 800 watts) Only one per room
  • Mini-Refrigerator (max 3.2 cubic feet) Only one per room
  • Phone   
  • Printer (wired connection only)  
  • Radio, Stereo, MP3 Player, iPod, Movies, etc. 
  • Surge Protector   
  • TV (must contain a Clear QAM Digital Tuner) 

Miscellaneous 

  • Cleaning Supplies  
  • Cards/Games   
  • First Aid Kit   
  • Sewing repair kit (needle, thread, scissors) 
  • Umbrella/Rainboots 

*To avoid bringing duplicates, you may wish to confer with your roommate. 

What should I leave at home? 

  • Air Conditioner or Space Heaters 
  • Air fryer 
  • Alcohol/Drugs 
  • Appliances with an open heating element (toaster, toaster oven, hot plate, George Foreman grills) 
  • Halogen lamp, quartz lamp, or any other lamp (including a desk lamp) with an exposed bulb 
  • Open flames (e.g., candles, incense)  
  • Hazardous chemicals, including flammable liquids 
  • Illegal or unauthorized materials (e.g., alcohol, drugs, fireworks, stolen property) 
  • Pets (except fish)  
  • Toaster Ovens 
  • Valuable/Irreplaceable Items  
  • Weapons (guns, knives, etc.) 
  • Airsoft/Pellet/BB/Paintball Guns 
  • Decorative Swords/Knives 
  • Wi-Fi Routers (will be confiscated) 

 

For a full list of unsupported technology visit Information Technology’s Incompatible Technology [NEW LINK NEEDED: https://semo.edu/it/helpdesk/incompatible-tech.html] page.  

Prepare for the move  

Do's and Don'ts when Setting Up Your Room 

Do bring an ethernet cord 

You have the option of using an Ethernet cord or Wi-Fi to access on-campus internet, but do not connect more than two devices to campus Wi-Fi at any time. Limiting the number of devices connected to Wi-Fi improves access for everyone. 

Don't connect printers and video consoles to Wi-Fi 

Limit streaming videos to Ethernet connected devices. Streaming on Wi-Fi connected devices slows down the system for everyone. Connect printers and video consoles to the Game Network for better reliability and turn off devices when not in use. 

Do become a Responsible Redhawk 

Practice physical distancing and wear a face-covering according to the Protect the Nest safety guidelines. Consider how your room is set up and whether it allows you to maintain an appropriate distance within your space.  

Important Reminders 

Roommate Interactions – Expect Differences 

Southeast residents have different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and lifestyles. In fact, that’s what makes living on campus such a wonderful expansion of your learning experience here at SEMO. Expect to meet and room with people who are different from you—embrace these differences! ‘Different’ does not mean someone is wrong, ignorant, immoral, or strange.  

The way you and your roommate handle your differences can make or break your relationship. If you and your roommate disagree about something, ask them to explain their point of view to better understand their position. It may or may not change your mind, but either way it will give you the opportunity to better understand your roommate’s way of thinking. In the end, you may have to agree to disagree, but sometimes that’s the best way to move forward.  

Alcohol and Marijuana are major inhibitors of student academic success. Southeast strictly enforces and prohibits the use and possession of alcohol and marijuana, including their containers (full or empty) in residence halls. The use of recreational or medicinal marijuana in any form is prohibited by University policy.

Candles and Incense are a fire safety hazard that could put you and the residence in your building in danger. The use of candles and incense is prohibited. However, electric candle warmers, scented wax, oil diffusers, and other forms of smoke-less air fresheners are allowed. 

Cable and Internet. You will want to set these up once you move into your room. Students must bring their own television and coaxial cable cord to view cable channels. All televisions must have a digital “QAM” or “Clear QAM” tuner. To access campus internet, you will need to register all electronic devices that need Wi-Fi. Instructions for accessing the internet are available through IT’s Guide for Personal Devices [NEW LINK NEEDED: https://semo.edu/it/guides/personaldevice.html]. 

MicroFridges are a combination refrigerator, freezer, and microwave designed specifically for dorm rooms and are available for rent through the Office of Residence Life. They will even deliver the MicroFridge to your room and pick it up at the end of the spring semester. For pricing, rental and additional information, visit the MicroFridge Rental page. 

Are you ready to move in? 

Immunization 

In accordance with Missouri Revised Statute section 174.335, all campus residents are required to have received the meningococcal vaccine before (no more than five years), prior to the first day of class at Southeast. If you have not submitted a copy of your shot record containing proof of meningitis vaccination, you need to submit verification before you move into the residence hall. If you have not received the vaccination prior to your arrival, you will be directed to the Campus Health Clinic, operated by Southeast HEALTH, to obtain your meningococcal vaccination. The Health Clinic accepts most insurances, and the charge can be applied to your student account.  

To be exempt from receiving the shot, you must complete and submit the Student Immunization Waiver for Meningococcal Vaccination form to the Office of Residence Life (3.1.5 Team Directory – Office of Residence Life).  

Proof of your meningococcal vaccine, or a completed waiver form must be on file prior to the first day of classes. 

Res Hall Addresses  

Dobbins River Campus Center 

410 S Fountain Street 

Room # 

63703 

LaFerla Hall  

982 Greek Drive 

63701 

Merick Hall  

330 N. Henderson Street 

Room # 

63701 

Greek/Group Housing 

1000 Towers Circle 

Building Letter & Room # 

63701 

Myers Hall 

321 Dearmont Circle 

Room # 

63701 

Towers 

1000 Towers Circle 

Towers **** & Room # 

63701 

Vandiver Hall 

350 N. Henderson Street 

Room # 

63701 

Residence Hall Move-In

How do I check my housing assignment? 

  1. Log in to MySoutheast. 
  1. Select the “Student SS” tab. 
  1. Scroll down to locate the “Residence Life” channel. 
  1. Select the “Residence Life Housing Portal” link. 
  1. Select “Residence Life Housing Portal” once again. 
  1. Select “New” or “Current/Returning Students.” 
  1. Select “Assignment Info” to view your housing assignment. 

Room Changes 

Room change requests made after moving in should be directed to the Hall Director. The form can be found on the Residence Life Portal. Requests will be evaluated based on space availability. 

Check-In Instructions 

Move-In Dates 

The following schedule has been developed to limit the number of students checking into a building at one time. 

August 6-14: Open "early arrivals" check-in paying the $25/night charge, no pre-registration required - all early arriving students check-in at the Customer Service Desk in the Towers Complex

August 15: Marching band, Success @ Southeast Institute participants, approved students returning for campus department training – check-in will take place at the halls

August 16: Greek students and Show-Me Gold participants - check-in will take place at the halls

August 17: Meal plan usage begins with dinner service in limited locations

August 19: New and transfer students – check-in at the Student Recreation Center/Show Me Center (1333 N. Sprigg St., Cape Girardeau, MO, 63701)

August 19: All dining locations begin operating on normal academic year schedules

August 21/22: Open move-in, no pre-registration required - check-in will take place at the halls

Check-in will take place between 8am and 4pm on the above dates. Students will reserve a move-in time slot on their designated day. Limited Move-in Crew volunteers will be available on Thursday, August 19 from 8am-4pm. Limited carts MAY be available, however, students are encouraged to bring their own to assist with their move-in. We encourage students to minimize what they bring from home and not bring anything but necessary belongings, and limit large furniture items. This will make it easier to move in and keep a non-cluttered living area.

Students who are unable to arrive during their assigned date should contact Residence Life via residencelife@semo.edu or 573-651-2274 to discuss alternate arrival days/times.

To sign up for a move-in time slot log into the housing portal. Click on the Move-in Time Slot red box. The date and time available for you are listed. Select the date and time you wish to check-in.

 

 

Early Arrivals 

Unfortunately, due to the preparations for fall, students will not be able to arrive to campus earlier than the beginning of our scheduled move-in process. If you are required to return to campus before this date, please contact us to discuss any options that may be available. 

How do I check my housing assignment? 

Starting January 6th, you can view your housing assignment online from your housing portal by following these steps: 

  1. Log in to MySoutheast. 
  2. Select the “Student SS” tab. 
  3. Scroll down to locate the “Residence Life” channel. 
  4. Select the “Residence Life Housing Portal” link. 
  5. Select “Residence Life Housing Portal” once again. 
  6. Select “New” or “Current/Returning Students.” 
  7. Select the “Assignment Info” tab. 
  8. Verify the application period and click next. 
  9. Click on “Next” button under the Assignment Information – Spring 21 section. 
  10. Verify the application period again and click “Next.” 
  11. You can then view your current assignment and meal plan to view roommates/suitemates click “Next Step.” 
  12. Under “Select a Date” – type in 1/18/2022 or change the calendar to January 25, 2021 (first day of classes). 
  13. Click “Preview” to view assignment.
 

Room or Hall Change Requests 

Due to space limitations, we may not be able to accommodate building and/or hall requests. If you want to change your room or hall, contact the Office of Residence Life. You will be notified through your Southeast email if a change can be made. If we are unable to change your placement before January 14, you should plan to move into your assigned space and work with our office after opening to request a change. 

Move-in Dates 

To allow for social distancing and to help the process move smoothly, each student will reserve a date and time to move-in.  

January 14-16 — All new residential students 

Unfortunately, due to the preparations for spring, students will not be able to arrive on campus early. If you are required to arrive on campus before this date, please contact us to discuss any options that may be available.  

January 10-14 — New International Students 

New International Students should complete the International Education Services Arrival Form. International students arriving before January 10 will be charged $25 per night. Students should check-in with the Customer Service Desk at the Towers Complex for key pick up. You may call the duty phone number displayed at the desk if closed. 

Move-in Reservation 

To streamline the arrival process, each student will schedule a 90-minute timeframe to arrive on campus to move into the residence halls. Please reserve a time through the following steps:  

  1. Log in to MySoutheast. 
  1. Select the “Student SS” tab. 
  1. Scroll down to locate the “Residence Life” channel. 
  1. Select the “Residence Life Housing Portal” link. 
  1. Select “Residence Life Housing Portal” once again. 
  1. Select “New” or “Current/Returning Students.” 
  1. Click on “Move in Sign up Process.” 
  1. Follow instructions to select a date, time, and indicate the number of guests with you & click “Next Step.” 
  1. Review the time you have selected and click “Select this time slot.” 
  1. Then click “Finish.” 

Check-In Instructions 

The check-in process will begin at the Towers Complex (1000 Towers Circle).

Limited carts and dollies/hand trucks will be available; however, students are permitted to bring their own to assist with their move-in. We encourage students to minimize what they bring from home and not bring anything but necessary belongings, no big items, and no furniture. This will make it easier to move-in and keep a non-cluttered living area clean and sanitized. 

Meal Service 

Regular meal service begins on Sunday, January 16 with brunch available at Towers, the UC Redhawks Market, and St. Vincent's Commons. Meal plans are not active prior to January 16. You may purchase food from limited Chartwells dining services using cash/credit and Redbucks. 

 

Housing Assignment 

You will receive your housing assignment information via email. You can verify your housing assignment from the housing portal tab “Assignment Info.” 

Move-in 

May 16 — All Summer Residents 

Check-In 

Check-in will take place at Towers Customer Service Desk (1000 Towers Circle) between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Students arriving later in the summer will also check-in at the Towers Customer Service desk on their date of arrival. 

Additional Summer Resident Info 

Summer Housing Rates 

Housing provided in Towers South (both single & double-occupancy rooms) 

Full Summer Semester 

May 18 - August 6 — $996 - $1245 

Daily Rates 

Single-Occupancy — $12/day 
Double-occupancy — $15/day  

Parking 

When you arrive, you should check-in at the Towers Customer Service Desk to get your room key. You can park your vehicle in the parking lots around the Towers complex to unload your vehicle. When parking or unloading your vehicle, do not park in any reserved parking spaces. After unloading, you must register your vehicle with the Department of Public Safety (DPS). Towers Resident parking lot (located near Group Housing) is available except for the reserved and metered parking spaces. 

For any parking related questions or concerns contact Parking Services 

Mail Services 

Packages will be checked in at the Towers Customer Service Desk and available for pick-up with ID and emailed confirmation from the University mailroom.  

Towers Customer Service Desk 

The Customer Service Desk at Towers will be open daily with scheduled service hours. If you are locked out of your room, call the RA duty phone number posted at the Towers Customer Service Desk. 

Meal Service 

Regular meal service begins with breakfast on Monday, May 17. Food will be served at Towers Cafe. Visit the Chartwells site for summer hours of operation. Meal plans are not required for summer. There are only two meal plans offered during the summer and food is only offered at Towers Cafe, Subway, and Starbucks. 

Summer Meal Plans 

15 meals + $3 Flex/week – $95/week 
10 meals + $5 Flex/week – $75/week 

Phone
Location
Office
Towers Complex 102
Mailing Address

One University Plaza, MS 0055
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701